Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. Jack-o’-lanterns are traditionally carried byguisers on All Hallows’ Eve in order to frighten evil spirits. There is a popular Irish Christian folktale associated with the jack-o’-lantern,  which in lore, is said to represent a “soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell”.

In Ireland and Scotland, the turnip has traditionally been carved during Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which is both much softer and much larger – making it easier to carve than a turnip. The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.

The modern imagery of Halloween comes from many sources, including Christian eschatology, national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature (such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula) and classic horror films (such as Frankenstein and The Mummy). Imagery of the skull, a reference to Golgotha, in the Christian tradition, serves as “a reminder of death and the transitory quality of human life” and is consequently found in memento mori and vanitas compositions; skulls have therefore been commonplace in Halloween, which touches on this theme. Traditionally, the back walls of churches are “decorated with a depiction of the Last Judgment, complete with graves opening and the dead rising, with a heaven filled with angels and a hell filled with devils,” a motif that has permeated the observance of this triduum. One of the earliest works on the subject of Halloween is from Scottish poet John Mayne, who, in 1780, made note of pranks at Halloween; “What fearfu’ pranks ensue!”, as well as the supernatural associated with the night, “Bogies” (ghosts), influencing Robert Burns’ “Halloween” (1785). Elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins, corn husks and scarecrows, are also prevalent. Homes are often decorated with these types of symbols around Halloween. Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, and mythicalmonsters. Black, orange, and sometimes purple are Halloween’s traditional colors.

Well, recently I saw in a magazine a different version of this cake that was jazzed up a bit for Halloween. I loved it so much and wanted to share it with you today. I’m calling it Graveyard Dirt Cake.

Not only is it an easy and yummy cake but it’s one of those desserts that looks like you spent hours on it and really didn’t. It just looks that good!!

Here is what it looks like:

Graveyard Dirt Cake! Perfect dessert for Halloween! { }

Fun and festive, right?!

It’s pretty much the same as the Dirt Cake from earlier today with the additions on top.

Here is the recipe in case you missed it:


These are the kinds of cookies I used for the tombstones:

They worked perfect!!

And who doesn’t love these mallow pumpkins?

Perfect Graveyard Dirt with tombstone and pumpkin!

CUTE Graveyard Dirt Cake recipe

This would be the perfect Halloween dessert that is festive and yummy!!